Sprint Promises 'Aggressive LTE Roll-Out' in 2012
Sprint announced today at an analyst conference in New York City that it will roll out a Long Term Evolution 4G network "aggressively" on its 1900MHz PCS spectrum and 1600MHz spectrum, which is owned by LightSquared (pending FCC approval). Sprint said its LTE network will launch in the first markets in mid 2012, with the first devices also appearing in mid 2012, too. Sprint believes that its LTE 4G network will offer faster speeds than are currently available via WiMax, will offer broader nationwide coverage, and will transition between 3G/4G networks seamlessly. Sprint says that by the end of 2012 it will have about 176 million 4G POPs covered with a mix of WiMax and LTE. By the end of 2013, it will cover 250 million POPs with LTE, completely overlapping its current WiMax footprint. Sprint noted that it will be given a 20MHz channel of LightSquared's LTE spectrum, but can back out of its deal with LightSquared if the U.S. government does not approved LightSquared's L-Band spectrum use by the end of the year.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
NOT All LTE Networks will be equal
VZW's coast to coast one band frequency at 700Mhz license band pays!!
...VZW's coast to coast one band frequency at 700Mhz license band pays!!
...and pay and pay and pay for america's most expensive network.
Expect Sprint's LTE devices to be more expensive because of the need for Dual Band 1600/1900 Mhz operating frequencies...
First, LightSquared may be a non issue; Ancillary Terrestrial Component use of ...
Look what Sprint can do..take a lesson at&t
I guess I won't be upgrading any time soon....
I'm not sure what their definition of "agressive" is, but I doubt they'll match Verizon's LTE pace. It looks like I'll probably be keeping my Samsung Moment for at least another year.